Local Krabi-based tour operator, Sealand and Trek, lead you on a gentle paddle through mangroves, stunning limestone karst scenery and exotic flora and fauna.
What to experience ?
Paddle your sea kayak silently and sensitively through the mangroves, admiring the abundance of trees, plants and flowers. Your local guides will share their indigenous knowledge of the mangrove ecosystem, introducing you to many species of native and rare flora and bird life.
Next, paddle your kayak into beautiful caves, admiring pre-historic paintings on their walls. Learn about the history of these paintings and what they are believed to represent. The scenery is breathtaking as you pass though the cave into ‘hong’, natural rooms surrounded by sheer cliffs.
Other excursions include snorkelling trips to offshore islands to admire colourful marine life; over 400 rock climbing routes scaling Krabi’s famous limestone karsts; and jungle trips spotting wildlife on route to the ‘hot water fall’ and emerald pool.
How does it help ?
Sealand and Trek bring 13 years of commitment to developing quality ecotourism in Krabi.
The company strives to emphasise the importance of environmental preservation to local villagers and youth. Guides are trained to discuss environmental issues with guests, manage waste, recycle and clean up. Regular activities include collecting waste from the mangroves on every trip, separating it, transforming it into organic fertilizer, waste water treatment, selling used cooking oil to a local Bio diesel factory and participating in Mangrove Cleaning Day.
Sea Land and Trek rent land from Ban Bor Thor villagers, where they have built a small restaurant and a kayak base where villagers can work as partners of the company. The company consults with the villagers to select appropriate places for travel which will not disrupt the marine life food chain. Local community guides are paid almost twice the usual minimum wage given in Krabi.
Sea Land and Trek further support their neighbours by volunteering their office as a training centre to teach foreign languages and first aid. Local youth can practice foreign languages by assisting lead guides during the school holidays. Sealand and trek also support the community by funding sport competitions, such as the local kayak team to join an annual competition.
Thailand Tourism Awards, 2010 award of Excellence for Inbound Tour Programs for “Mangrove and Cave Kayaking at Ban Bor Thor, Krabi”